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Ridge Lytton Springs 2016

Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesFrom Lytton Springs Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, the 2016 vintage of this iconic wine is a blend of very old vine 69% zinfandel, 23% petite sirah, 6% carignane, and 2% mataro. After a slow native ferment, this rested 14 months in American oak (15% new). Full and rich and youthful still, though very much knit together even at this stage, the complexities of this old vine, single-vineyard wine bound from the glass. Perfumed black plum, black and red cherry, boysenberry are bolstered by leather, violets, iris on the full, dense, harmonious palate, scented with eucalyptus and sultry baking spices. Tannins are ample, though easily absorbed into the impactful fruit. The vineyard speaks, and it is the star here, impeccably balanced and rightfully respected. Still very much in youth, this has a decade+ easily ahead before it fully unknits.Tasted: 04 April 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 45.00 375 private wine shops Producer: Ridge VineyardsDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Zinfandel - Carignane - Petite Sirah - MatarĂ³